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The Sought-After Armenian Tiara Type of Antony

432, Lot: 281. Estimate $500.
Sold for $1000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

The Triumvirs. Mark Antony. Autumn 37 BC. AR Denarius (19mm, 3.56 g, 6h). Antioch or military mint traveling with Canidius Crassus in Armenia. Bare head right; ANTONIVS • AVGV[R • COS • DES • ITER •] ET • TERT clockwise around from upper left / Seven-pointed Armenian tiara right, [decorated with three stars]; crossed bow and arrow behind; IMP • TERTIO • III • VIR • R • P • C clockwise around from upper right. Crawford 539/1; CRI 297; Sydenham 1205; RSC 19; Type as RBW 1828. Fine, toned, a few light scratches, banker’s mark on portrait. Rare.

From the Andrew McCabe Collection.

Ten times rarer than Cleopatra: a check of online resources shows many more Cleopatra/Antony denarii with the small Armenian tiara behind his head, than this rarer Antony type with the full reverse tiara. This coin came from an old English collection for which I have not identified any provenances in the usual classic auction resources, but other coins from the same source had dateable provenances from 1930s to 1950s. [Andrew McCabe]